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  1. June 20, 2012

    ‘Gobbledegook’ result for charities

    Two charities have split a £1,000 prize after FT readers rose to a challenge to translate into lucid English a letter about...

  2. June 4, 2012

    IASB doubts rules will ease boom-bust

    Banking regulators are wrong to hope that new accounting rules will curb cycles of boom and bust, according to the head of...

  1. April 20, 2012

    Regulator weakens audit tendering reform

    The UK’s accounting and corporate governance regulator has diluted a proposed reform of audit tendering that was already...

  2. April 9, 2012

    Acknowledgment of fatal flaw in IFRS

    From Prof Andrew D. Chambers. Sir, Sir Chips Keswick (“Explain IFRS ‘gobbledegook’ and £1,000 will go to charity”, Letters,...

  3. April 9, 2012

    Too much scope for confusion for most

    From Mr David Poole. Sir, We had a captive audience of accountants at dinner the other night, so posed them Sir Chips’s...

  4. April 5, 2012

    Worth a good hour of anybody’s time

    From Dr James Cataldo. Sir, Sir Chip Keswick’s charge of accounting “gobbledegook” (Letters, April 2) strikes close to home...

  5. April 5, 2012

    Gobbledegook or passing the buck?

    From Mr Liam O’Keeffe. Sir, I’m surprised that Sir Chips Keswick (Letters, April 2) has trouble understanding Sir David...

  6. April 5, 2012

    Global rules impossible to implement

    From Mr Stephen J. Muncaster. Sir, Sir David Tweedie has often remarked that it is not the job of accounting...

  7. April 4, 2012

    Tesco’s top team needs to reconnect

    It is a corporate commonplace that the exit of a longstanding chief executive poses challenges for his or her successor. In...

  8. April 4, 2012

    Tweedie criticises ‘cosy’ auditor ties

    Sir David Tweedie, one of the world’s most prominent accountants, has added his voice to criticism of the decades-long...

  9. April 4, 2012

    Boards were to blame for poor judgments in run-up to crisis

    From Ms Jane Fuller and Mr Will Goodhart. Sir, Sir Chips Keswick (“Explain IFRS ‘gobbledegook’ and £1,000 will go to...

  10. April 4, 2012

    Hardly gobbledegook, but a ridiculous idea all the same

    From Mr George Lemos. Sir, To answer Sir Chips Keswick (Letters, April 2), I suggest that Sir David Tweedie, responding to...

  11. April 2, 2012

    Explain IFRS ‘gobbledegook’ and £1,000 will go to charity

    From Sir Chips Keswick. Sir, On Thursday March 29 you published a letter from Sir David Tweedie concerning International...

  12. March 29, 2012

    Benefits of IFRS far outweigh the loss of national standards

    From Sir David Tweedie. Sir, John Plender makes the claim that the move from UK generally accepted accounting principles to...

  13. April 22, 2011

    IASB optimistic on US rules timing

    The US could still sign up to international accounting rules this year in spite of repeated delays to preparatory work,...

  14. March 10, 2011

    IASB urges US to adopt new accounting rules

    The chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board has reiterated his plea for the US to adopt international...

  15. January 31, 2011

    Harmonised accounting rules to hit US banks

    US banks could see their balance sheets balloon under new proposals from the accountancy rulemakers that would dramatically...

  16. January 27, 2011

    Quest for consistency still faces hurdles

    Western luxury goods makers have done a skilful job of tapping emerging markets in Asia without devaluing their brands in...

  17. January 16, 2011

    New Delhi pressed over IFRS accounting standards

    India could delay an overhaul of its accounting rules – designed to deepen its ties with the world economy – following...

  18. December 9, 2010

    IASB proposes hedge accounting overhaul

    Companies will have a more straightforward method of explaining their risk management activities under proposed changes to...

  19. November 2, 2010

    Accounting move

    The Financial Reporting Council, chaired by Lady Hogg, has named former PwC senior partner Roger Marshall as interim...

  20. October 13, 2010

    New IASB chief hopes for harmony in accounting

    Hans Hoogervorst: the former Dutch finance minister was named on Tuesday as the man who will succeed Sir David Tweedie at...

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    October 12, 2010

    The non-accountant at the IASB

    Call off the search. After a year-long global quest and the examination of more than 300 applications, the International...

  22. October 12, 2010

    Former Dutch minister to be IASB head

    The head of the Dutch financial markets regulator has been given the politically sensitive job of running the body that sets...

  23. October 7, 2010

    Accounting rules get tough on ‘window dressing’

    Banks will have to disclose in detail ‘window dressing’ tricks such as Lehman Brothers’ infamous “Repo 105” deals under new...

  24. September 30, 2010

    IASB head knows all about cross-channel frictions

    In a decade spent overseeing international accounting standards, Sir David Tweedie has become an amateur student of French...

  25. August 25, 2010

    Chance for change as decade-old double act exits

    Oscar Wilde’s quip that to lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune but to lose both looks like carelessness seems an...

  26. August 25, 2010

    FASB shake-up looms as chairman quits

    The announcement by Bob Herz, chairman of the US Financial Accounting Standards Board, that he is to retire, giving way to a...

  27. August 19, 2010

    Move to converge just exported crisis

    From Prof Stella Fearnley. Sir, I read with amazement the views of Sir David Tweedie, outgoing head of the International...

  28. August 17, 2010

    Accounting change set to burden companies

    Retailers, airlines and ship operators can expect to assume billions of dollars more liabilities on their balance sheets as...

  29. August 15, 2010

    Tweedie faces greatest challenge in last days

    Sir David believes the ultimate outcome is that there will be a shift in balance at the IASB with Asia emerging as the...

  30. August 15, 2010

    Hunt for IASB head hits hurdle

    The search for a successor to Sir David Tweedie, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board, which sets...

  31. May 11, 2010

    Accounts body seeks new rules for banks’ debts

    Wild swings in the profits of banks and insurers outside the US triggered by market fluctuations in the value of their own...

  32. April 30, 2010

    IASB reveals proposed pension rules

    Accounting standards setters yesterday unveiled proposed rules that would stop companies from padding their reported profits...

  33. April 29, 2010

    IASB reveals proposed pension rules

    Accounting standards setters on Thursday unveiled proposed rules that would stop companies from padding their reported...

  34. March 15, 2010

    Auditors' image in need of polishing

    Claims about Ernst & Young's part in the collapse of Lehman Brothers look set to open a wider debate on what has until now...

  35. March 14, 2010

    Lehman report casts auditors in poor light

    Debate is growing over the role of auditors in financial reporting Claims about Ernst & Young’s part in the collapse of...

  36. March 8, 2010

    Tokyo offers support for 'fair value' accounting standard

    Japan will adopt a controversial "fair value" international accounting rule for some of its companies, bolstering the...

  37. February 16, 2010

    Accounting rule convergence

    Electrical power plugs, which come in 12 different shapes, sizes and voltages, are a perennial source of aggravation. In the...

  38. January 28, 2010

    Chartered Accountancy: Harmony proves hard to attain

    Convergence of global accounting systems is set to dominate the accounting landscape in 2010.Since last September, when the...

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